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Posted on: November 1, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Eugene Leaf Pickup Begins Nov. 6

Autumn Leaves with Sunbeams

Eugene’s leaf collection and delivery program begins Nov. 6. After an initial focus on the central Eugene area, City crews will break into three groups to focus on designated sections of the city. Each crew has the staffing and equipment needed to collect and deliver leaves and sweep streets after the leaves have been picked up. This puts resources closer to neighborhoods and improves service on unimproved streets. 


Online features allow Eugene residents to look up their address and see when they should pile their leaves neatly in a row parallel to the curb, order leaf deliveries, or report hazards such as leaves in a bike lane. 


People should place their leaves in the street the weekend before crews are scheduled to be in their neighborhood. 


Removing leaves from catch basins, grates and gutters allows storm water to run off and prevents flooding. Keeping leaves out of the drainage system also improves water quality because decomposing leaves use up oxygen that is needed by aquatic life in local streams and rivers. 


And finally, removing slippery leaves from streets and sidewalks makes travel safer for people walking, biking and driving. Property owners are responsible for leaves that are placed improperly in the street or cause safety or localized flooding hazards. 


To get the best information for your property, determine which zone it falls into on the map and check the schedule below.


Schedule Information

ZonesLeaves Out For First RoundFirst RoundSecond Round 
Central/CoreNov. 4 to Nov. 5Nov. 6 to Nov. 10Starts Jan. 2
Zones 1Nov. 11 to Nov. 12Nov. 13 to Nov. 17Starts Jan. 2
Zones 2 Nov. 18 to Nov. 19Nov. 20 to Dec. 1Starts Jan. 2
Zones 3Dec. 2 to Dec. 3Dec. 4 to Dec. 8Starts Jan. 2
Zones 4 Dec. 9 to Dec. 10Dec. 11 to Dec. 15Starts Jan. 2
Zones 5Dec. 16 to Dec. 17Dec. 18 to Dec. 29Starts Jan. 2


For more information about Eugene’s leaf collection and delivery services, go to www.eugene-or.gov/leaf or call Eugene Public Works Maintenance at 541-682-4800.


Leaf Preparation Guidelines

  • Leaves must be in the roadway but piled at least 15 feet away from parked vehicles. Do not bag leaves. 
  • Unimproved streets are picked up during both rounds, but equipment must be able to reach the leaves from the hard road surface. 
  • Do not pile leaves in bike or traffic lanes or on curbs or sidewalks. 
  • Keep storm drains and gutters clear to prevent localized flooding. 
  • Do not mix in other debris such as branches, rocks, lawn clippings, pine needles, or trash. 
  • Leaves are not picked up in private yards. 
  • Wait to put leaves in the street until the weekend prior to collection. 
  • Consider recycling leaves as compost or mulch material. 


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